Stephanie’s love for animals started at a very young age and always included having pets. When Stephanie was 13 she saw a black cat at a pet store that wouldn’t stop following her with his eyes. The feeling was mutual and Stephanie gathered all the money she could to ride her bike back up to the store and bring JJ home. Little Stephanie was going to carry JJ all the way home on her bike but the pet store clerk instead shut the store down to give them a ride. And let’s say this was all a surprise to her mom! But her love for animals never has been a surprise to anyone. On her first date with her husband, Ben, he got to meet her cats at the time (including JJ). She spent so much time with them he thought it was a sign for him to leave. Well 22 years later he now fully understands this is just her life passion.
Stephanie decided to follow this passion and received a degree in veterinary technology from Argosy University in 2000. She began working in emergency and critical care hospitals beginning with her internship and stayed as she enjoyed taking care of the critically ill animals that needed her the most. During this time Stephanie also began working with hyperthyroid cats using radioactive treatment.
After working in emergency and critical care hospitals for several years Stephanie decided to help produce more registered veterinary technicians in the state of Georgia by teaching at the local technical colleges. Stephanie is a big advocate of registered veterinary technicians in the field and loved being able to teach students the proper way to care for animals with today’s technology. To this day she continues to help other registered veterinary technicians as a public speaker at conferences and other continuing education events.
Stephanie then went on to become the coordinator for Operation Second Chance Jail Dogs at the Gwinnett County Jail. While overseeing the program Sheriff Butch Conway approached Stephanie with an idea to also start saving cats. Stephanie jumped on the idea, made it a reality, and now the program gives second chances to both dogs and cats! As Coordinator for the program she also was a regular guest on Fox 5 Pet of the Day!
Stephanie then thought it was time to make a change and decided to become her own boss with an idea she always told her students about. Mobile nursing and hospice care for pets! Furry Family Comfort Care was started in February 2015 and to date has helped hundreds of cats and dogs in the comfort of their own home. While running the business Stephanie hasn’t stopped learning. She recently obtained a certification in Hospice and Palliative Care for companion animals through the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She’s one of only two veterinary technicians in the state of Georgia with the certification! Stephanie also earned a certificate to become Certified Pet Nutrition Coach and can answer questions about your pet’s nutritional needs!
Stephanie’s love of animals and passion for her role in providing them comfort is evident in everything she does. Contact her today and see how Furry Family Comfort Care can help with your cat or dog in the comfort of their own home!